Wednesday HDRs – Trains

HDR processing seems to work well on things that take you places, so today here are six trains. The top two are from Havana, the middle two are Finnish trains, one from the town of Kouvola, the other a tourist train along Helsinki’s waterfront, the fifth train is from the platform in Spiez, Switzerland and at bottom, it’s a city tram in Milan, Italy.

All were tonemapped in Photomatix and finished in various versions of Photoshop with various iterations of Nik software. Click any to see a bigger version, and here are about 500 HDR photos from

One other thing, just a reminder: may look and act a little strange over the next week or two as we move to a new format. Please be gentle as we work out the bugs.







World Transport – Wednesday HDRs



 Taken from the train platform in Spiez, a little town on the Thunersee, between Interlaken and Thun, in Switzerland.


 The mercado in Addia Ababa, Ethiopia. They call it the world's largest outdoor market and it really is huge. It's blocks and blocks and blocks both long and wide.


 Out in the countryside in St. Helena, a British territory in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Kind of frozen in time.


 Along the side of the road in rural Uganda.


Fremantle, the port near Perth, on Australia's Indian Ocean coast.

All these HDRs come from Nikon cameras and were processed in Photomatix with Nik filters, and finished in Photoshop CS4 & CS5. There are currently 390 HDRs in the HDR Gallery at

Trains Get the Treatment: Wednesday HDR

These four train photos came back from an August trip, and we put 'em through the Photomatix mill. First two are tourisy/kiddie trains, the top on the waterfront in Helsinki, where the "party boats" leave nightly for Stockholm (note the Silja Line ship in the back), and the next one (with a sleeping driver) is an irritating little train that will keep getting in your way as you walk through the old town in Tallinn, Estonia.




Both ways, coming and going from the lovely little Alpine town of Mürren (pictures in the Switzerland Gallery) we had to change in Speiz, a town on the Thunersee that I know nothing about beyond its train platform. With ten minutes of dead time, why not haul out the Nikon and see what you can come up with?



The work flow is pretty much the same for all of them. First fixing obvious problems in Photoshop Bridge, then tonemapping in Photomatix, then the bottom three all involve extracting one or more objects in Photoshop CS5, desaturating the rest of the image, and then recombining. The bottom uses a Duplex filter from Nik Software, too.

These are in their respective countries' galleries (Finland, Estonia, Switzerland) at, and in the HDR Gallery, currently home to 279 HDR photos. Click 'em to make 'em bigger.

Train Wreck


Maybe or maybe not in line with our recent note about the European heat wave:

The Japan Times: "Local media in Switzerland pointed to the possibility that the rails
might have been distorted by a sudden temperature change, saying the
weather cooled down abruptly during the past several days following a
hot spell. The Tribune de Geneve said in its online edition that a
number of passengers rushed to one side of the train trying to take
landscape pictures just prior to the derailment."

Whatever it was, that's awful. And we're watching because we'll be on that train in a few weeks.